Autocratic conditions remove people's faith in democracy: Moudud

Autocratic conditions remove people’s faith in democracy: Moudud


Staff Reporter
BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would not have been killed if he did not establish one-party rule in the country.“Autocratic or single party government invites nothingness in the country. People loss their social values due to the nothingness and ideals of democracy can not flourish out of one party rule. Such was the social condition in 1975 when people lost belief in democracy,” he said while speaking at a discussion session at BRAC Centre Inn.
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)organised the meeting on Untranquil Recollections: The years of Fulfilment, a recently launched Liberation War based memoir by Professor Rehman Sobahan, a prominent economist, freedom fighter and public intellectual who played an active role in the Bengali nationalist movement in the 1960s.
Moudud urged Rehman Sobahan to write more books on histories of Bangladesh so that people get more deep insights of what happened in the 60s and 70s as Untranquil Recollections: The years of Fulfilment concentrate mere the era from 1957 to 1971. This book covers just a part of the country’s political history, he said. He told the author to publish the next book with focus on how sense of socialism transformed into autocratic rule during 1972 to 1975.
Rehman Sobahan’s memoir by Sage Publications was launched at the Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) in November last year.
The book brings together Rehman Sobhan’s personal story situated within the historical events of Bangladesh, from its birth as East Pakistan to its evolution as an independent, democratic state.
Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi, Advisor for International Affairs to Prime Minister, Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Distinguished Fellow at CPD, Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, Department of English, University of Dhaka, Dr Sultan Hafeez Rahman, executive director, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) and Professor MM Akash , Department of Economics, University of Dhaka spoke as the discussants of the book.


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